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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Houston

Although once a Roman-Catholic holiday, St. Patrick’s Day is now celebrated by many in America. Where will you spend your St.Patrick’s day Celebrations in Houston?

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Houston

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a long standing event in Houston and is one of the historically largest parades in the United States! You’ll find Irish-inspired floats, clydesdales, and parade festivities at the events for both children and adults. Grab some food and get your face painted in shamrocks in the Vendor Area. This year the parade is on March 11th from noon to 2:00 pm in Downtown Houston. You can download the parade route here.  Of special note: If you park in metered parking, be sure to “feed the meter” as parking is enforced down town!

St. Patrick’s Festival: Houston

In the Montrose neighborhood, about five minutes from downtown, is Griff’s Irish Pub. From March 3-17th, you can Shake your Shamrocks with food, beer, and St. Patrick’s Day events. Check the day’s listing for a run-down of the food, competition, and music on each day and night.  March 11th, you can Get Shamrocked at Grif’s live music event. March 11th there will also be an Irish cooking competition at Griff’s where you can enjoy both beer and food from your favorite Irish Chef’s.

St Paddy’s Pub Crawl: Houston

In the Midtown district, you can patronize your favorite bars on a pub-crawl. Mid-town Drinkery Bar and Grill is one favorite destination! Also check out The Gorgeous Gale and St Arnold Brewing Company. (These events are 21 and over!) We hope you get to shake you shamrocks and have a festive and safe St. Patrick’s Day and St. Paddy’s Day weekend.

Where will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know (and send us your pictures!).

8 Fall Events in Houston You Don’t Want to Miss

Fall will be over before you know it, so don’t let another weekend go by without joining in on a festive fall activity! Thanks to such a vibrant and bustling community as Houston, there is plenty of fun happening every weekend. Between fall festivals, haunted houses, and beer fests, there’s something here for everyone!  

#1. Annual Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival: With over 20,000 attendees, this festival has plenty to keep you entertained! Enjoy local food, live music, vendors, and a car show. (October 22;

#2. Memorial Villages Farmer’s Market: Support your local farmers and small businesses at this weekly market. Shop everything from fresh produce to baked goods to gifts and stationary. (every Saturday;

#3: Texian Market Days: Costumed interpreters make Texas history come alive. Kids will have fun at dedicated activity booths and adults can take in the antique tractor show. (October 22;

#4: Untapped Music & Beer Festival: Get lost in the world of craft beer. If you’re a fan of music and beer, this festival is for you! (October 22;

#5: Scream on the Green: Get your game face on, because this citywide costume contest is no joke! There are prizes for contest winners, music, and activities for all ages! (October 28;

#6: Rocky Horror Picture Show: Watch the festive musical classic on Halloween weekend, offered in two special midnight showings! (October 28-29;

#7: Screamworld: With 5 haunted houses inside – Skull Cave, Jake’s Slaughterhouse, Zombie Graveyard, Edge of Darkness and Maze of Maniacs – this Houston Halloween staple is ready for screams! (through October 31;

#8: Texas Renaissance Festival: Enjoy watching old-world fun, with festive reenactors and plenty of food and drink options! (October 8 – November 27;

Explore Your City: Houston’s Best Public Gardens

Living in the heart of Houston’s metropolis is extremely diverse and exciting, but you may also wish to sometimes trade in the hard concrete and buildings for some soft grass and flowers. The summer season is almost underway, so that means Houston’s beautiful flowers are almost in full bloom. Houston boasts some of the most stunning public gardens in the country, so we have decided to list our three favorite spots to get reaquainted with Mother Nature!

1. Bayou Bend

Starting with Houston’s oldest public garden, the Bayou Bend contains 14 acres of formal gardens that reflect the Country Place era of American landscape design, with separate spaces that are formed by neatly manicured shrubbery, a style inspired by formal European gardens. The garden is displayed around the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882–1975), and visiting the garden allows you to re-enter the cultural epicenter of the early 20th century. A guided tour is recommended, but the self-guided tour is wonderful, too.

2.  Cockrell Butterfly Center

Attached to Houston’s Museum of Natural Science, this three story glass house is a wonderful place to marvel at a multitude of different butterfly species. The butterflies aren’t the only attraction of this beautiful center, since it’s also a simulated rainforest built around a towering 50-foot waterfall. This garden features dozens of tropical plants and flowers that were chosen for their butterfly-attracting qualities, making the Cockrell Butterfly Center a breathtaking display you won’t see anywhere else!

3.  Japanese Garden of Hermann Park

If we had to choose one of the most peaceful and relaxing settings in all of Houston, the Japanese Garden of Hermann Park would absolutely be at the top of our list. Designed to replicate an authentic Japanese garden, this park contains stunning bridges, waterfalls and stone paths that meander through crepe myrtles, azaleas, dogwoods, Japanese maples and cherry trees. The winding path is the perfect way to take a long stroll through the garden, while experiencing the serene atmosphere and beautiful sights.

Botanical gardens and parks are a great way to remove yourself from all the hustle and bustle of Houston’s sprawling metropolis. Exploring these sights is a great way to spend your weekend, or even your lunch break!

4 Houston Staycations That Won’t Break the Bank

Summer is quickly approaching and people are beginning to plan amazing vacations for some fun and relaxation. Even though extravagant vacations can be a blast, sometimes it just is not in the budget. This week’s blog is all about our favorite “staycation” spots in the Houston area!:

Lake Houston or Lake Conroe

Instead of heading to the crowded Galveston Beach, why not hop onto the I-45N and head to one of Houston’s beautiful lakes? Both of these lakes have camping facilities and hiking trails in the wilderness, giving you even more fun options on the trip. The serene atmosphere gives the opportunity for some true relaxation rather than just being a tourist jammed into the crowded beaches or sitting lines of traffic trying to navigate around Galveston.

Hotel Icon

If you want to be pampered while staying at a luxe hotel for a night or two, then Houston’s Hotel Icon is your best bet! Smack dab in the middle of Houston’s epicenter, this hotel’s style and atmosphere will allow you to truly enjoy everything that downtown Houston has to offer. Restaurants, shops, and entertainment all right outside your door step will ensure a great time for all parties involved!

Galveston Beach

To some people, vacation and relaxation are synonymous with the beach, but that does not mean you have to travel far! With it’s abundance of sand and sunshine, Galveston Beach gives a tropical oasis feeling without the long travel time. Seafood restaurants, museums, the beach, shopping and beautiful hotels will keep you busy for your entire vacation, or you could just skip all of that and post up on the beach to catch a few Zzz’s underneath the warm Texas sun.

Houston Space Center

If you are only looking for a day trip in the neighborhood, then we highly suggest you spend a day at the iconic Houston Space Center. This gigantic center shows behind the scenes tours that give “unprecedented access to see the real world of NASA up close and personal” science shows, exhibitions and interactive presentations. All visitors get as close as possible to experiencing space travel and flight without ever leaving the ground!

One of the best attributes of living in Houston is the fact that you do not have to spend a month’s worth of pay to have a fun, relaxing experience. Our city offers a multitude of experiences and adventures without the extensive travel time!

Ways to Show Your Appreciation for Earth Day

One of the things that makes Houston so awesome? How naturally beautiful the city is. And who do we have to thank for that? Plain and simple. Mother Nature. This coming up week on April 22nd is Earth Day and we’re rounding up our favorite ways to show our planet how much we care and appreciate the beauty it provides for us. Don’t stress about not having time to dedicate to a whole lot of Earth Day celebrations. Showing your appreciation can be simple and easy while still helping spread the word about our planet. Here are our favorite ways to show your appreciation for Earth Day.

Volunteer with Trees For Houston
Trees for Houston is an organization whose goal is to preserve and grow the natural beauty in Houston by way of trees. Planting a tree is a beautiful way of giving back to Houston and maintaining our city. Photo from & volunteer opportunities here:
Head out to the park
By heading out to the park and sharing photos of your experience you’re brining awareness to the various outdoor parks that Houston has to offer. Photo of Memorial Park Houston.
Volunteer at Earth Day Houston
Earth Day Houston brings together all of Houston to celebrate this holiday. We personally love it because we can’t think of a better thing to celebrate in one of Houston’s most beautiful parks. Volunteer at
One day a year we like to celebrate the natural beauty that we are so lucky to have here in Houston. We get beautiful views all year long and around this time every year we think it’s time to show appreciation for those views. Show your appreciation any way you want this year but make sure to show it!

Photo Blog: Texas Rodeo Season

It’s a once a year, month long spectacle that Texans anxiously anticipate every year. Outsiders looking in can’t understand the pride Texas feels during Rodeo Season. The food, the lights, and the thrill of cowboys riding their horses in the ring is enough to make any Texan excited. Rodeo season is a time to be celebrated and commemorated and we here at Alta City West want to help you get into mentality with a Photo Blog of Texas Rodeo Season. Saddle up Houston, it’s about to get rowdy.

It’s not all bucking bulls and wild horses at the rodeo. It’s good old fashioned Texas horse love too! Photo from RodeoHouston Facebook Page.


That moment the lights start up before the first day of rodeo is one of the best feelings for any Texan. Photo from RodeoHouston Facebook Page.

Sure, there’s lots else that goes on at the rodeo but everyones personal favorite? The bull riding. Photo from RodeoHouston Facebook Page.

We hope these photos got you fired up and in the rodeo spirit because it’s right around the corner and you need to get your cowboy boots on and get back up on that horse! Yee-haw, Houston!